(79 miles, 5 days)
The Wolds Way is a 79 mile walk over a largely empty countryside dotted with the a sporadic attractive villages full of history. A chalk escarpment overlays much of the landscape giving rise to some excellent walking in dry valleys and rolling countryside; the route top and tailed by large expanses of water, the Humber estuary starts you off and the spectacular coast at Filey Brigg makes a fitting end. Walking south to north is certainly the most sensible option. The walking is a mix of excellent paths and bridleways coupled with some quiet lanes, some through woodland but most in open countryside with views that seem to stretch for ever.
However the one thing that really stands out about the walk is the quiet and tranquility that surrounds it. People on the walk never seem in a hurry, there is never a ‘need’ to race to the next point of the walk as there is on some of the more popular trails, and there is always plenty of time to leave the trail and visit some of the other villages and towns which lie only a few miles away. The Wolds Way meanders rather than takes the most direct line and certainly when I have walked in the area my memories are of bird song and peaceful surroundings, if you have not done so test this forgotten corner of England, you will be pleasantly surprised.
One thing that in without doubt true is that the Wolds Way (and the other long distance trails in the area, the Chalkland Way, Howardian Hill and the Centenary Way) are superbly signposted giving rise to the impression this is an up and coming area.
A Typical and Sensible Itinerary
Day 1. Hessle to South Cave 13 miles
Day 2. South Cave to Market Weighton 12 miles
Day 3. Market Weighton to Fridaythrope 17 miles
Day 4. Fridaythrope to Sherburn 22.5 miles
Day 5. Sherburn to Filey Brigg 17 miles
On Day 4 it is perfectly feasible to divide the walk in to 2 days with a stay in the town of Malton.
If you would like to book a Walking Break on part or all of the Wolds Way click here to find the Tailor Made Walking Holidays section
Places to Stay
Basin Howe Farm Cottages, near Pickering
Old Cobblers Cottage, North Dalton
There is plenty of good information on the National Trails website
I have dabbled on various sections of the Wolds Way with individual walks (see the links below) and found it all a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The full length of the Wolds Way is certainly in the plans to do